SKP Juniors 3rd at Interclub Challenge

Established in 2001, the Interclub Challenge was created to provide a way of building youth sailors’ experience in fleet racing.  Each club hosts a stage of the series.

Last Sunday, ten Squadron Keelboat Program (SKP) junior squad sailors, represented two RSYS teams in the final Interclub Challenge of the year, conducted by CYCA.

Heading into the final event, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club were in the lead, followed by Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in second, Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in third and Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, fourth.

A light variable westerly breeze, ranging from 3-10 knots meant that teams that had the best starts and sailed to the pressure first, found themselves leading the racing. In addition, sailors found themselves competing for clear air with not only the other eight boats competing in the event, but hundreds of other yachts on the Harbour competing in Sunday racing.

Throughout the day, both RSYS teams struggled to be on the front row of the start line, putting them on the back foot during racing. Both teams however were able to make up lost ground on the downwind through their superior kite trim and boat handling. Their starts continued to improve throughout the day and by the final race, Isobel Payne’s team found themselves leading the race and Oliver Noakes’s team in third after leading the start. However, due to the dying breeze the race was abandoned.

By the end of the day, both RSYS teams tied, with Isobel Payne and her team; Michael King, Lauren Tandy, Jack Harris and Jack Whittingham placing fifth on countback and Oliver Noakes and his team; Thomas Harris, Isaac Nisbet, Alex Gibbs and Gianni Watson finishing in sixth.

The results allowed Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron to maintain third place overall in the series with Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club winning the series with an impressive combined point score of 103 points.

See the individual results here